6 Ways You Could Be Killing Your Car
As I'm moving into the world of owning a car, I'm constantly making sure that I don't make any mistakes and inadvertently cost myself a hefty mechanic fee! Fortunately, all the cars that have been in my family have lasted really well and have performed at a high level. So here are some of the important ways to avoid killing your car!
- Ignoring check engine lights. Whilst you often see this as part of a joke in comedy shows, a check engine light is rarely just for fun! If your car is used a lot or if you commute like me, then avoiding any warning lights can be a serious issue! Even if it's only for a 'minor' issue, it could still balloon into something much larger!
- Not changing fluids. There are so many different variations of fluids that your car uses from the all-important brake fluid to an oil change. Not checking the fluid levels of your car can cause breakdowns or potentially even accidents.
- Failing to check tires. The UK has recently had crazy levels of snow and a remarkable number of accidents that went alongside. Not keeping an awareness of your tires can mean that your car could slip or skid in bad weather. But regardless of weather - tires are an important part of breaking and there would be nothing worse than having an accident as a result of something that is ultimately preventable!
- Not getting your car serviced. Getting your car serviced can often be seen an unnecessary expense when it's actually essential. A regular service can help identify any potential problems and ultimately can help to prevent accidents or any serious problems. If you're a heavy car user, there's nothing worse than a serious issue so regular services are definitely necessary. Schedule a full car service online with Iverson Tyres Ltd.
- Lack of physical upkeep. When you lead a busy life, it's so easy to forget to keep up with the physical aesthetic elements of your car. Whether it's surface dirt or a build-up of rubbish inside, these can have long-term impacts! A build-up of dirt and dust can cause paintwork to fade or scratch, and rubbish can ultimately cause soft-furnishings to smell - which no one wants! If you keep on top of it, it's a simple way of keeping your car in check.
- Stop-start driving. Whilst it's tempting to pump the brakes and accelerator (especially in traffic), this can be incredibly fuel-inefficient as well as damaging the pedals of your car. Whilst this may be necessary for bad weather conditions, try to be gentler with your car in your daily day-to-day driving.
What are some of your favourite ways to keep your car running smoothly? Anything I've missed?